District B13 (Banlieue 13) (2006)

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Critic Consensus: A nonstop thrill ride, District B13's dizzying action sequences more than make up for any expository flaws.

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A nuclear weapon has been stolen by the most powerful gang in Paris' treacherous, walled-in ghetto, and it's up to a determined cop and a vigilante criminal in search of his sister to infiltrate the sector, save the girl, and get the bomb out of the bad guys' hands in an action-packed tale produced by Luc Besson and directed by cinematographer Pierre Morel. The year is 2010, and a massive wall has been erected to keep the violence of the Paris ghetto confined to District B13. Within these walls, gangs rules the streets and law enforcement is powerless. This time the gangs have gone too far, though, and when the authorities realize that a nuclear weapon has been smuggled into the district, specially trained policeman and martial artist Damien is assigned the task of retrieving the weapon of mass destruction before Paris goes up in flames. He's not going to be able to do it on his own, though, and when Damien learns that breakaway bad guy Leïto's sister has been abducted by the very same gang, the pair soon forges a tentative partnership that merges the power of law enforcement with the anything-goes attitude of the criminal element. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
R (for strong violence, some drug content and language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Cast

David Belle
as Leïto
MC Jean Gab'1
as Nico the Black
Patrick Olivier
as Le colonel
Gadner Jerome
as K2 Boy 1
Dominuque Dorol
as Cerbere Taha
Ludovic Berthillot
as Le gros mercenaire
Azad
as Tarik
Marc Andreoni
as Carlos Montoya
Roberto Gil
as Pedro
Patrick Medioni
as Le caissier
Nicolas Wan Park
as Le Chinois
Lyes Salem
as Samy
Bernard Grenet
as M. Keijman
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Critic Reviews for District B13 (Banlieue 13)

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (34)

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Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Seattle Times
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A message-based actioner that's fast, dumb fun.

Full Review… | June 6, 2007
Variety
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I was delighted by the balletic and acrobatic stunts, some of which evoke Tarzan.

Full Review… | June 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
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As 85-minute testosterone binges go, you could do a whole lot worse.

Full Review… | July 5, 2006
Time Out
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District B13 doesn't waste time with fake personality clashes. Both lead actors are amazingly fluid athletes, and during the many getaway and shoot-'em-up sequences, there is a minimum of special effects or wire choreography.

June 23, 2006
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for District B13 (Banlieue 13)

½

It's great over the top fun. A smart, funny and highly entertaining film packed with incredible wall to wall action. Ong Bak meets Escape from New York. An unstoppable thrill ride that delivers the goods and incredible aerobic stunts. Its a head bashing good time. It's fast, furious and spectacular entertainment. It's loaded with great chases, awesome fight sequences and terrific gun battles. Director, Pierre Morel and Writer/Producer, Luc Besson bring a tremendously exciting and new breed of action film. David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli bring on great chemistry as well as their incredible skills in martial arts and parkour. An 85 minute, testosterone-injected roller-coaster ride that's one of the most visually memorable action films in years.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

½

Pierre Morel gets District B13 in, over, and around the block.

Everything about this film is quick. The pacing of the story feels the need to sprint to the finish, yet it easy enough to follow. The dialogue is straight to the point and hastily executed. Do the math and it all leads to a brief run time of 70 minutes. Talk about short and sweet.

The action relies heavily on parkour and the introduction for each of the protagonists deliver some highly amusing pieces. The stunts are solid and the sequences are fast-paced with little in the way of slow motion. The fighting is also stylized with some parkour elements thrown in.

David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli are all over the place, while Dany Verissimo provides some much needed girl power on screen. Bibi Naceri and Tony D'Amario are your typical drug gangsters.

There really isn't much to District B13, but as a quick action adventure, it delivers.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

½

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